The finishing technique will depend upon the type
- Relief and chip carvings may be finished naturally
or with a stain, or with only a quick drying lacquer or clear, non-yellowing, acrylic
- Relief and carvings-in-the-round may be finished
Natural and Stain Finishes
Apply a quick drying lacquer or clear,
non-yellowing, acrylic to achieve a natural finish.
When using aerosols, apply several light coats to avoid excessive build-up.
Apply stain and wipe off with a soft, lint-free
cloth. Let the stain remain heavier in the recessed areas of the carving.
Staining may also be done after painting to achieve an antiqued look.
A few tips when using acrylic paints:
- If the carving was in basswood, apply a coat of
quick drying lacquer. This prevents the grain from raising when acrylic washes are
- Select brush sizes appropriate for the area being
- Use short handle brushes -- long handles are meant
for use on easels.
- Thin the acrylics with three parts water to form a wash.
- Wash with several coats to achieve the desired
- Washes of different colors may overlap to create
- After completing the painting, apply one or more
coats of any acrylic sealer. This protects and preserves the paint.